Hurray for three day weekends, national holidays, and all the cultural events that go along with them. Saturday the Walker Art Center is hosting a full day of FREE activities for the whole family, including a hula-hooping workshop, an art-bike contest, and musical performances by the Sumunar Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, Haley Bonar and M.anifest.
Taste of Minnesota is taking over Harriet Island in St. Paul tonight through Sunday, with performances by White Snake and Elvis Costello, among others. Fireworks nightly at 10pm.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention A Prairie Home Companion's 35th Anniversary party this Saturday at Lake Wobegon Park in Avon, Minnesota. It's FREE and features, according to Garrison Keillor, "a brass band, speeches, acoustic blues and rock 'n' roll, some reminiscences by old-timers, and the whole big crowd singing the national anthem, and our sound-effects man will make rockets go up in the air." (I'm guessing they might have some real ones, too)
The Minneapolis Photo Center is celebrating Independence Day with an exhibition on poverty in America titled "In Our Own Backyard." It's a touring exhibition of images by a group of photojournalists working to raise awareness about the issue.
A mild-mannered librarian ends up traveling the world in pursuit of the meaning of life and the person who returned a book 113 years overdue. "Underneath The Lintel" runs at Mixed Blood Theatre through July 25.
After so much family friendly stuff, why not something a little spicier? Friday night Lili's Burlesque Revue presents "The Underpants Show" at Bryant Lake Bowl. As the Star Tribune writes, "The singers are great, the band bumps and grinds with the beat and the dancers have just the right tongue-in-cheek attitude." Lili's motto? "We aim to tease."